Poppies

red and white poppies

red and white poppies

When we moved in to our home, we found a few pictures of the gardens in full bloom. We haven’t been able to identify the photograph location of several of the photos, but one shows beautiful red-and-white poppies.

dried giant poppy pods

dried giant poppy pods

Another hint that we might someday see some beautiful paper-like flowers was hidden in the top of the barn — old signs the previous flower farm owner used to sell her flowers. The sign read “Dried Giant Poppy Pods. 5 for $1.00.”

So not knowing what poppies look like as they grow,  I was excited to see a little burst of bright red this week in the big round garden that is full of ferns.

Well, it turns out not all of the ferns are ferns. There are a few “ferns” that are furry…and those are the poppies!

I’ve enjoyed seeing how fast the pods swelled, split, shed the green, unfurled their red and black petals, and then a few days later lost their color. This type of poppy is apparently a perennial, so I’m hopeful there are more hidden in the bed and that we’ll have more bright color soon!

poppy shedding

poppy shedding

red and black poppy

red and black poppy

poppy pod

poppy pod

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

11 comments to Poppies

  • Erik

    Hi I was just wondering if your still selling your decorative poppy pods? If so feel free to email back at Azerik79@gmail.com

  • JD

    Would you like to sell any of these pods yourself?

  • Richard

    I too would be interested in purchasing pods

  • Ethan

    Im trying to figure out what kind of poppy flower those are, i have the same kind growing in the back yard of our new home. They are big flowers but whats left when the pettals drop is small with a pretty purple top that looks just like your picture. Do you know what they are? The closest pics ive found on line dont have a name but someone told me they may be oriental poppys. Any thoughts?

  • Jill Slee Blackadder

    I collected seed pods eight years ago in woods near Adelaide, Australia, and also seed heads of giant Quaking Grass. Then, as so often happens, I forgot to plant them, and as time went by, forgot all about them.

    This year I resolved to sow everything I had seed tray space for and up came the Quaking Gras, and dozens of little ferny seedlings. I nursed them with interest and then, as they began to turn into something reminmiscent of poppy seedlings, got quite excited. I hoped that they might be revealed as Orange Welsh poppies, which I covet ! BUT !!! Glory of glories, they opened in a riot of scarlet, with big, black thumb prints , one on each petal. I so wish I knew their name and ancestry !

  • Jill Slee Blackadder

    IGENUS Papaver commutatum
    GROUP/SPECIES Commutatum
    VARIETY Ladybird
    TYPE Hardy Annual
    BORDER POSITION Front, Middle
    SOIL TYPE Neutral
    SCENT Unscented
    SITE Full Sun, Shelter
    MOISTURE Well-Drained
    HEIGHT 45cm (18in)
    SOWING, SEEDS,

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